The Art of Attention

How did you start your morning today? Did you roll over, grab your phone, and check your messages like I did? Shouldn’t we be checking our bodies’ messages first?

Whether or not we choose to listen, our mental, physical, emotional and
spiritual bodies are in constant communication. Over-scheduled as we are, our workouts can often feel like our only chance to hear the conversation!
But what if we could incorporate more moments of mind/body consciousness throughout the day? These micro-meditations might just have the power the change us, inside and out, through the life-giving power of attention. When we don’t pay attention to the different aspects of our awareness, it is easy to get caught up in the familiar web of rhythms, movement patterns and coping mechanisms that do not serve us. Every time you notice your internal experience spiraling toward negativity, stop the tape and record a new message that aligns more closely with who you are becoming.

So how exactly do we flip the script? The average human being thinks 20,000 thoughts a day. That’s 20,000 opportunities to retrain the brain for change. The first step is to establish a baseline for where you are now. That could take the form of a to-do list for the mental realm, a feelings inventory for the emotional realm, or a detailed body scan for the physical. As your options become clearer, notice how your will to choose becomes stronger. If you like the results of your choice, whether it is a positive thought or pleasant sensation, express what has changed out loud, and with gratitude! Your nervous system will use your verbal feedback to reinforce the new neural pathways you are forming. This is the cutting edge theory of neuroplasticity, the process of changing the architecture of the brain to support you in consciously creating the life you desire!

– Jamie Skinner

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